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Best Ways Of Layering Hair Extensions With Different Lengths

Best Ways Of Layering Hair Extensions With Different Lengths

Last updated date Mon Oct 09 2023 By William Brown

Fashion Blog

One of the primary reasons women purchase hair extensions is to increase the length and volume. When you wear hair extensions that are exactly as long as natural hair, they appear flat and too uniform. You can create a thick and high-volume look by using extensions of the same length. Hence, in this guide, we will explore how layering hair extensions with different lengths can create a beautiful and soft finish.

Some women have naturally long hair due to the growth rate and cycle of each strand. When they get a blunt haircut, they will notice its shape naturally changes because of the growth cycle.

How To Create Layers

You need to create layers to make the extensions look natural and sexy after installation. The extensions can become light, flowy, and bouncy when the layers have been created according to the desired style. The layers will be extremely light, and your ends will not look blunt when the extensions are ordered in different lengths like 18, 20, and 22.

Those who want layers in hair extensions without cutting them in different lengths should choose the top layer at 12 inches, the bottom at 18 inches, and the middle bundle at 14 inches. Shears can be used to texturize the ends. However, layers can be created through this method without cutting a lot of hair.

Although hairstylists should know the best way to layer hair extensions with different lengths, if you straighten the extensions, then experiment with cutting. Natural layers can be created at home using simple methods without getting assistance from a hairstylist.

How To Create Layers?

Soft And Sexy Layers

Here is the list of the things that you need to create soft and sexy layers:

- A razor comb

- Elastic bands

- A pair of sharp shears or hair-cutting shears

The following directions are mentioned for extensions. But you can use these directions for a wig or a mannequin head as well. Make sure to wear the wig and make the hairstyle that you generally prefer. Follow these steps accordingly:

  1. 1. Firstly, create sections on the bottom part of the hair. You have to braid it so that the part looks completely different from the rest of the hair. Remember, this section of the extensions will not be cut.
  2. 2. In 2 elastic bands, create sections for the middle and the top part of the hair.
  3. 3. While standing in front of a mirror, you should hold the middle ponytail. Then, to see what is going on, you need to bring the ends of the hair to the top of the head. You have to use your fingers as a guide.
  4. 4. Using the fingertips, you have to angle the fingers pointed towards the ceiling. Cautiously cut two inches of hair off using the sharp shears.
  5. 5. Repeat this process on the top part of the ponytail.

Add Layers To Thick Hair

Add Layers To Thick Hair

Want to know the best way to layer hair extensions with different lengths? The following method will help you get soft, horizontal layers while maintaining the actual length of your hair. Those who have fine natural hair combined with hair extensions will prefer cutting long layers in their hair.

Fine and straight hair might appear stringy due to horizontal layers. Here is the best way to add layers to thick hair:

  1. 1. Take the bottom part of your hair. Section it out and create a braid so that it will not get cut in the process of layering.
  2. 2. Starting from the top, you should section the hair in 3 vertical parts on the head to the base before creating braids. At the top of the head, you need to tie the elastic.
  3. 3. You can use your fingers as a guide. After taking the measurements, you should angle the fingers up towards the ceiling. Then, cut 2 inches off the ends.
  4. 4. Repeat this process for the remaining two sections.

These processes of layering hair extensions with different lengths can add beautiful soft texture and dimension. Moreover, your hair won’t look thinner than it did before the layering process.

Most women avoid adding layers to thick hair because they think it will make it look huge and unnatural. However, when you start by trimming only 2 inches and increase it little by little, the layers will look natural and beautiful.

Add Layers To Thin Hair

With hair extensions, thin hair tends to have a more layered look. If your hair has fewer layers, you can use hair extensions to add volume and thickness.

You need to pick hair extensions that follow your hair proportions if you have fine, thin hair. For example, if your hair is 10 inches long, you must use 10-inch hair extensions in order to make the hair appear more realistic. Here are the steps on how to add the layers:

  1. 1. Part your hair down the middle.
  2. 2. Choose the best layer of hair extensions for texture.
  3. 3. Attach the hair extensions to the highest part of your hairline.
  4. 4. After you’re done, brush down the hair extensions to cover the area where you attached them.
  5. 5. Secure the hair extensions and the rest of your hair with bobby pins or hair clips.

Add Layers To Thick Hair

Add Layers To Curly Hair

Cutting curly hair is easier than it seems. Although curly extensions already appear beautiful, adding layers can make them look full and flowy. You can follow these steps to add layers to curly hair extensions:

  1. 1. To make the process easier and remove tangles, you should dampen the curls.
  2. 2. Use a wide-tooth comb or Denman brush to remove tangles from the curls properly.
  3. 3. Create parts at the bottom section of the hair. Then, make braids so that they don’t get cut in the layering process.
  4. 4. Flip the rest of the hair. Then, create a ponytail at the extreme edge of the hairline.
  5. 5. You should brush the hair forward. Then, using fingers and hair-cutting shears, trim about 2 inches off. Release the ponytail to notice the layering.

Add Layers To Wavy Hair

Despite the fact that many individuals have attempted it, using hair extensions to create curls is not a very practical approach. It might be challenging to style bangs and have waves in your hair.

Use these techniques to give your waves a bouncier appearance:

  1. 1. Make a side part in your hair.
  2. 2. Decide which hair extension layer will add the most volume.
  3. 3. Secure the hair extensions to your head's crown.
  4. 4. When finished, smooth the hair extensions out to conceal the spot where you attached them.
  5. 5. Use bobby pins or hair clips to hold the hair extensions and the rest of your hair in place.

Add Layers To Thick Hair

Benefits Of Layers

Adds Body

Your tresses can get plenty of body with the help of the layering process. Moreover, it can give you a new hairstyle without changing the look drastically.

Adds Texture

Even when the hair extensions look fine and perfect, you should use the layering process to add texture to the hair and give it an edgy appearance.

Blends Your Extensions

Through the layering process, your short hair can get mixed with long hair extensions. Those who are using clip-ins must add layers to blend the extensions into their natural hair.

Compliments Your Face Shape

The features of your face can be enhanced with the help of the layering process. Moreover, you can conceal some facial features. You should get the help of a hairstylist to add layers based on the shape of your face.


We hope now you understand the best way of layering hair extensions with different lengths. You can do this process at home by starting with trimming 2 inches of hair off. However, a hairstylist can help you get the layers based on the shape of your face and the type of extension.

>>> Read more: How to hide extensions and make it look naturally beautiful <<<


William Brown

William Brown


William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.


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